Getting Back to Work in Retirement

One project I have spent a lot of time on this summer has been landscaping. We are almost there. I will have to do a final smoothing and planting a sprinkler system and grass seed in the spring. Winter is coming and I have two projects to keep me busy in the “off” season for landscaping: setting up my workshop at last and hunting.

My son and I have been checking out the possible hunting areas and found a feasible one just 15 minutes away by car. We have checked out the firearms and ammunition and could go hunting this week with a muzzle-loader and later with general firearms.

On the weekend we moved some more of my stuff from my old workshop to the new. I have a welder again! The setup is primitive. All I have is steel, a welder, welding rods and know-how. Today I made a welding table so I don’t have to do everything on the ground. My eyes are a little more grey and my hand shakes more than it used to but in an hour I had a sturdy welding table. The design is trivial: 3 T-bars make an open square (needed a square… I am not Giotto) to form one side of a triangular top and halves of two legs. 3 pieces like that joined with an interrupted weld along the legs make a triangular 3-legged table that is quite sturdy. I used 1/8 inch E6011 at +105 A. The t-bars are 1/8 inch Ls spotwelded and painted so this recipe blasts through the paint and penetrates the steel almost completely. This welding table will be used to support work on several other projects I have planned from boot scrapers to floor-to-ceiling shelving and benches so I can reclaim my floor.

It was a good end to a good day. I relearned a lot of things I had forgotten. Experience means learning is a lot easier than it was the first time.

Simple triangular welding table made from T-bars - Use or Modify as you wish.

I use the pocket inside the leg to hold my chipping hammer and wire brush. I weld a pipe onto a leg or corner to hold electrodes and I weld a couple of supports for winding welding cable. The triangular design never wobbles on irregular surfaces. For heavy objects, I add leg braces. I throw a steel plate over the top if I need a solid top. Usually I don’t as the work rests on the edges of the table fairly well. A solid top is useful when using a jig or vise.

Why T-bars? Well, because they fit and I have hundreds of them bought as surplus years ago… 😉

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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